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Thomas F Nelson Laird

Associate Professor
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Department:  Education Leadership and Policy Studies
Affiliations:  Center for Postsecondary Research, Higher Education & Student Affairs , Education Policy Studies
My website:  http://profile.educ.indiana.edu/Default.aspx?alias=profile.educ.indiana.edu/tflaird
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About Me | Degrees | Teaching | Publications | Presentations | Associations | Awards
 

ABOUT ME

Dr. Nelson Laird teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program of the Indiana University School of Education. Since 2003, Dr. Nelson Laird has worked on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and its related surveys. Currently, he is the Project Manager for the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) and studies teaching and learning issues using data from both NSSE and FSSE.

Dr. Nelson Laird’s research focuses on effective teaching practices, student experiences with diversity, and deep approaches to learning. His recent publications appear in the top journals in his field, including the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, the Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development, as well as publications that reach wider audiences of administrators (e.g. Liberal Education) and teaching faculty (e.g. the Journal of General Education). His research has been recognized by higher education associations, such as the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, and the Teagle Foundation funded a project of his examining the relationships between deep approaches to learning and critical and reflective thinking outcomes.

DEGREES

Ph.D. Higher Education, 2003, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

M.S. Mathematics, 1997, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

B.A. Mathematics, 1995, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

TEACHING

PUBLICATIONS
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Niskodé, A. S., & Kuh, G. D. (2009). What general education courses contribute to essential learning outcomes. Journal of General Education, 58(2), 65-84.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. & Cruce, T. M. (2009). Individual and environmental effects of part-time enrollment status on student-faculty interaction and self-reported gains. Journal of Higher Education, 80(3), 290-314.  
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Niskodé-Dossett, A. S. (in press). How gender and race moderate the effect of interactions across difference on student perceptions of the campus environment. Review of Higher Education.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. & Garver A. K. (in press). The effect of teaching general education courses on deep approaches to learning: How disciplinary context matters. Research in Higher Education.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Smallwood, R., Niskodé, A. S., & Garver, A. K. (2009). Effectively involving faculty in the assessment of student engagement. In R. M. Gonyea & G. D. Kuh (eds.), Using NSSE in institutional research. New Directions for Institutional Research, No. 141. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • National Survey of Student Engagement (2008). Promoting engagement for all students: The imperative to look within. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Chen, D., & Kuh, G. D. (2008). Classroom practices at institutions with higher-than-expected persistence rates: What student engagement data tell us. In J. Braxton (ed.), The role of the classroom in college student persistence. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 115. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Shoup, R., Kuh, G. D., & Schwarz, M. J. (2008). The effects of discipline on deep approaches to student learning and college outcomes. Research in Higher Education, 49, 469-494.
  • Bridges, B. K., Kinzie, J., Nelson Laird, T. F., & Kuh, G. D. (2008). Student engagement and student success at HBCUs and HSIs. In M. Gasman, B. Baez, & C. Turner (Eds.). Understanding minority-serving institutions. Albany: State University of New York Press.

PRESENTATIONS
  • Garver, A. K., Haywood, A. M., Ribera, T., & Nelson Laird, T. F. (2009, November). Peer learning: Understanding faculty and course characteristics. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. (2009, November). Unpacking the relationship between deep approaches to learning and critical thinking dispositions. Rountable presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. & Engberg, M. E. (2009, November). Establishing differences between diversity requirements and other courses with varying degrees of diversity inclusivity. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Ribera, T., & Fernandez, S. S. (2009, October). Faculty engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Presentation at the Professional and Organizational Development Network Conference, Houston, TX.
     
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Ribera, T., Shaw, M. D., & Garver, A. K. (2009, October). SoTL across the disciplines: Results from the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. Presentation at the Annual International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bloomington, IN. 
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Shaw, M. D., Haywood, A. M., & McCormick, A. C. (2009, October). Defining and using peer fields for inter- and intra-institutional comparisons. Presentation at the Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN. 
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. (2009, September). Examining the ways collegiate instructors incorporate diversity. Presentation at the Annual Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference, Traverse City, MI. 
  • Cruce, T. M. & Nelson Laird, T. F. (2009, June). What’s the score: Diversity experiences among collegiate athletes and non-athletes. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Atlanta, GA. 
  •  Nelson Laird, T. F. (2009, May). General education in and across disciplines. Presentation at the California State University Sacramento 2009 Teaching Institute, Sacramento, CA.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Niskodé-Dossett, A. S., Garver, A. K., & Chen, D. (2009, April). Faculty at coeducational and women’s colleges: How do their teaching practices compare? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA. 
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Korkmaz, A., & Chen, D. (2009, April). How often is “often” revisited: The meaning and linearity of vague quantifiers used on the National Survey of Student Engagement. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA. 
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Garver, A. K., Shaw, M. D., & Ribera, T. (2009, March). Supporting deep approaches to learning in student affairs. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the Association of College Personnel Administrators, Washington, DC. 
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Terenzini, P. T., Seifert, T. A., & Reason, R. D. (2009, January). Linking student engagement and essential learning outcomes: Evidence and caveats. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Seattle, WA. 
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. & Niskodé-Dossett, A. S. (2008, November). Instructional implications of student interactions across differences. Presentation at the Fall Conference of the Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning, Bloomington, MN.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. (2008, November). Session J6: Mentoring at Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions. Discussant at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. (2008, November). Understanding the diversity inclusivity of college courses. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Garver, A. K., Niskodé-Dossett, A. S., & Banks, J. V. (2008, November). The predictive validity of a measure of deep approaches to learning. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. & Garver, A. K. (2008, October). Emphasizing a shared responsibility for deep approaches to learning. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Professional and Organizational Development Network, Reno, NV.
  • Garver, A. K. & Nelson Laird, T. F. (2008, October). How faculty chose to improve their teaching across disciplinary areas. Poster presented at the Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. (2008, October). Putting FSSE results to good use. Presentation at the Regional NSSE Users Workshop, Rochester/Brockport, NY.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. & Cole, J. S. (2008, October). Experienced NSSE users work group. Presentation at the Regional NSSE Users Workshop, Rochester/Brockport, NY.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. (2008, October). Doing research: From idea to presentation and publication. Presentation for the HESA Brownbag Series, Bloomington, IN.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. (2008, June). It’s not just a grade: Using assessment for the benefit faculty and students. Workshop presented as a part of the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning Gateway Program 2008, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., Garver, A. K., & Niskodé, A. S. (2008, June). Incorporating diversity into undergraduate courses. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Windsor, Ontario.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. & Garver, A. K. (2008, May). The effect of teaching general education courses on deep approaches to learning: How disciplinary context matters. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Seattle, WA.
  • Hamrick, F., Brigham, A., Nelson Laird, T. F., & Stewart, D. L. (2008, April). Writing for the Journal of College Student Development. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the Association of College Personnel Administrators, Atlanta, GA.
  • Niskodé, A. S., Bureau, D., & Nelson Laird, T. F. (2008, March). Student affairs assessment: Using intentional strategies to promote student success. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the Association of College Personnel Administrators, Atlanta, GA.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F. & Niskodé, A. S. (2008, March). How gender and race moderate the effect of peer interactions across difference on student and faculty perceptions of the campus environment. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Nelson Laird, T. F., McCormick, A. C., & Chamberlain, T. A. (2008, February). Effective educational practices and essential learning outcomes in general education courses: Differences by discipline. Presentation at the Network for Academic Renewal Conference, Integrative Designs for General Education and Assessment, of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Boston, MA.
  • Kuh, G. D., Gonyea, R. M., Kinzie, J. L., & Nelson Laird, T. F. (2008, January). “High-impact” practices: What they are, why they work, and who benefits. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

ASSOCIATIONS
  • Online Course Evaluation Task Force, Member, Indiana University, 2009-present. - Serve at a member of a committee examining how to implement an online course evaluation system at IUB. Service at the request of Sonya Stevens, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
  • Consulting Editor, Research in Higher Education, 2008-present. - Review manuscripts for one of the top-rated journals in the field of higher education and assist the editor in shaping the journal.
  • Research, Development, and Equipment Committee, Member, Indiana University School of Education, 2006-2010 - Advise the associate dean for research and administer several internal grant programs including Proffitt and Kempf grants.
  • Editorial Board Member for the Journal of College Student Development, 2006-present. - Serve on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Development, which includes reviewing manuscripts submitted to the journal

AWARDS
  • Presidential Session Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Stu - Papers for Presidential Sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Associaionn for the Study of Higher Education were selected based on proposal quality and topic.
  • Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation - Award given to only three research-based sessions at the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Conference, 2005.
  • Commission Sponsored Conference Presentation, Faculty Advisors Commission, Natio - Recognition of outstanding presentation given to no more than 5 sessions within a commission each year.
  • Commission Sponsored Conference Presentation, Assessment of Advising Commission, - Recognition of outstanding presentation given to no more than 5 sessions within a commission each year.
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